A KFC drive-through is on the menu for the Greyhound Retail Park in Chester after planning permission was granted.
Greyhound Park owners Standard Life UK Retail Park Trust Ltd has gained consent for the 278 sq metres unit.
Accompanying documents say the site is “a very accessible” location and will create “an attractive new KFC unit”.
The Chronicle understands KFC, which already operates an outlet in Foregate Street, has not yet signed along the dotted line but has publicly expressed the desire to open another restaurant in Chester.
The unit would front Sealand Road, on what is currently part of the car park serving Next and includes the exterior of a former garden centre.
A few residents have raised concerns about the risk of increased traffic, noise, smells, litter and anti-social behaviour.
However, conditions include the restaurant being closed overnight, with opening hours limited to 7am-11pm week days and 8am-11pm at weekends.
Planning officer Bethan Evans said supporting papers demonstrated suitable noise levels from extraction equipment could be achieved and that odour can be controlled.
The council’s highways department believes the eaterie “would not result in a severe impact”.
The applicants say the new ‘pod’ will improve the presence of the retail park from Sealand Road and provide “another drive-thru” restaurant – existing outlets are McDonald’s and Costa.
They add: “The proposal will create additional investment and job creation within the retail park and will provide additional choice in terms of food and drink for users of the retail park.”
Their report says the scheme will not pose a threat to Chester city centre arguing that despite the economic downturn and a vacancy level “slightly above the UK average”, the city centre “remains a healthy and vibrant” place.
Blacon councillor Reggie Jones said: “There is speculation the new drive-through will be a KFC. I think it will increase the offer at the Greyhound Retail Park and attract more footfall which is good for Chester and follows in the wake of the opening of the Asda store.”
A KFC spokesperson said previously: “We’d love to open a restaurant in Chester to satisfy demand from our fans in the area.”